I am a 3rd generation geek. Grandpa worked with IBM systems in the early
1960's. Mom still teaches classes on productivity applications. I have been
using UNIX since 1993 (I was 15 years old).
Beginning in the year 2000 I started playing with electronics.
My motivation was to make blinky clothing for safety during my
first Burningman (2001). A friend suggested that I figure out how
to use a microcontroller to make LEDs and EL Wire blink. I accepted
the challenge and have been designing my own hardware for the
last seven years.
At first I struggled. Being a open source enthusiast limited my
options on microcontroller development environments. I used Linux
with Microchip PIC processors and learned to program in
assembly. This was quite tedious and literally took me years to
become comfortable with. Later I switched to Mac OS/X and soon
after started using AVR microcontrollers for my development.
Finally I could use C as the programming language and have much
better debugging tools.
Today I make a new project at least once a month. No longer am I
limited to blinking lights or wearables. My projects have
progressed into human
implants and even flame effects.
More recently I have been working on planet saving projects.
Buidling a hotel from waste materials, making grow lights out of LEDs, and even a temperature monitoring system for my veggie oil car.
20120113 - EEWeb Interview - Mikey Sklar - Featured Engineer